Distinguished Awards Plaque

Distinguished Staff Award

Each year, El Camino College honors a full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and classified staff employee for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their students, the College, and their profession.

Distinguished Staff Award Overview

The El Camino College Distinguished Staff Award is presented annually to a staff member whose contributions demonstrate commitment to outstanding service to the District. 

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the college community, students past and present, or persons in the community-at-large.  Staff members may also nominate themselves.


The recipient will be honored at the Distinguished Faculty & Staff Awards Reception and will be presented with a monetary award ($2,000) from the President. 

On Commencement Day, a place will be reserved on the graduation platform where the recipient will be introduced during the ceremonies and presented with a specially designed medallion. 

The recipient’s name will be placed on a permanent plaque, which will be displayed at the division office of the honored recipient for the year.


Any current permanent staff member in the Confidential Employee group, El Camino Classified Employees (ECCE) bargaining unit, and Police Officer Association (POA) is eligible. 


Nominees will be evaluated based on a demonstrated record of:

  • Exceptional contributions to the College and their department.
  • Demonstrated desire for professional growth.
  • Demonstrated value(s) which align with the District’s Statement of Values - People, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence (PRIDE).

All of the nominee's contributions will be considered, although emphasis will be placed on the nominee's service/activities during the past five years.

Committee Rubric Rating Sheet

Criteria (Past 5 Years) Ratings: Rate 1-5 for Each Category (5=Excellent)
Tell us about the employee's exceptional contribution(s) to their department and the College. Good (1-2) Great (3-4) Excellent (5)
How has this employee demonstrated their desire for professional growth? (i.e. attending workshops, conferences, furthering education, volunteering) Good (1-2) Great (3-4) Excellent (5)
The District's Statement of Values is: People, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence (PRIDE). What values does the nominee demonstrate and briefly explain how? Good (1-2) Great (3-4) Excellent (5)

Through consensus, the committee will select the Distinguished Staff recipient and forward the selection and all nominee names to the President.


The Director of Human Resources chairs the committee. Additional committee members are appointed from the following areas/groups:

  • Academic Affairs - appointed by the VPAA
  • Administrative Services - appointed by the VPAS
  • Student Services - appointed by the VPSS
  • El Camino Classified Employees (ECCE) - appointed by the ECCE President
  • Police Officers Association (POA) - appointed by the POA President
  • Confidential Employee Group - appointed by the President's Office


Faculty Award

Interested in the Distinguished Faculty Award? Visit the Faculty Award webpage for more information.

Adjunct Faculty Award

Interested in the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award? Visit the Adjunct Faculty Award webpage for more information.


Nominate a Candidate

To nominate a staff member you must complete the online “Distinguished Staff Award” application.

Online applications will be accessible starting March 1 through March 30 every year.  


Deadline for submitted application is March 30 by 3 p.m.

Application Coming Soon

Past Awardees

Year Faculty Member Staff Member Adjunct Faculty
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2022 Hong Herrera Thomas Bryan Bates   Read More
2021 Claudia Striepe De Von Lamar Scott   Read More
2020 Jenny Simon Breeanna Bond   Read More
2019 Stacey Allen Lizet Salazar Selene Torres (Read More) Read More
2018 Jaime Gallegos Cynthia Mosqueda   Read More
2017 Angela Simon Julieta Ortiz   Read More
2016 Dr. Christina Gold Blanca Prado Dustin Black (Read More) Read More
2015 Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef Sidney Smith   Read More
2014 Francis Bernard Rang II Linda Detwiler Burner   Read More